In The Vault:
Weil Ware in the California Scene (1930s – 1960s)Their gift is a tribute to their daughter, Julia, and celebrates both her passion and proficiency for the ceramic arts, and it signifies their desire to ignite that passion in other young persons. The Weil Ware dinnerware, made in Los Angeles, was produced in mix and match forms and featured pastel shades with hand painted images of bamboo, mangos, and flowers. The exhibition includes the Siegler’s gift of vintage photographs taken in the Weil Ware plant (top, middle). This unique and never-before-seen pairing will offer visitors a glimpse into the work environment of these production facilities including modes of dress, jobs available, and technical aspects of the large and small ceramics companies present in Southern California by the 1950s. AMOCA has produced a catalog in celebration of the Weil Ware donation, placing these pieces within the context of the California ceramic scene of the mid-century, including additional images drawn from AMOCA’s Permanent Collection. At the request of the Sieglers, catalogs will be on sale for $19.95 during the exhibition, with proceeds going to support AMOCA’s outreach and educational programs at the request of the Sieglers. Also exhibited are groupings of collectibles from Freeman McFarlin, a gift of Wilber Held; animal figurines made by Howard Pierce, a gift in memory of Beverly L. Hemingway; Florence ceramic figurines donated by Doug Foland; El Patio dinnerware, produced by Gladding McBean, gifted by Gabe Ugolini; and additional examples of California ware given to AMOCA by Thomas Ahern, Martin Ehrlich, and Mary Humboldt.